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Cecchinato Surprise Packet of RG 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The French Open at Roland Garros is infamous for producing surprise names going deep in the respective men’s and women’s singles draw each year, the 2018 version of RG is continuing that trend with the unseeded world No.72 Marco Cecchinato reaching the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time ever, in fact prior to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament commencing, the 25 year old Italian was 0 from 4 at his previous attempts in major events.

Cecchinato shocked former world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to make his way into the semi-finals in Paris and he will now take on the Austrian clay court specialist Dominic Thiem for an unprecedented shot at a Grand Slam final, Cecchinato might well be dreaming about following in the footsteps of the unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio who won the title in 2004 over his compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets, however with Thiem and the likelihood of Rafael Nadal still in the draw though, that prospect still seems a long way off.

It was only last year that we saw Jelena Ostapenko win the women’s championship as an unseeded player, that title was Ostapenko’s first ever tournament win at the time, the French Open certainly continues to spring the surprises on us when it comes to the world of tennis, there have been surprises among the women’s draw again this year too, particularly in the bottom half of the draw, however nothing of the same magnitude as Ostapenko’s magic run in 2017.

In the men’s singles however, if Cecchinato was more »

 

Muguruza & Djokovic Create Their Own History At Roland Garros

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen history created with Garbine Muguruza winning her maiden Grand Slam title in the women’s championship and Novak Djokovic finally claiming the elusive title he so earnestly craved in the men’s championship, Muguruza was simply sublime in the championship decider against Serena Williams winning in straight sets, the Spaniard played all out aggressive tennis in a power game we have become accustomed to seeing from Williams herself, the 22 year old has now risen to world No.2 and looks the most likely candidate to topple Serena and become the next world No.1, although she may not have been at her best, Williams didn’t play poorly in this one, sure there was the rumour about the adductor strain but it didn’t appear to hamper Serena as she too played with plenty of power throughout the match, Djokovic got off to a slow and nervous start against Andy Murray dropping the first set but the world No.1 soon found his range and he was simply too good for Murray in four sets, the win saw the 29 year old Serb claim his career Grand Slam and 12th major title and he now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.

Muguruza and Djokovic are now on different paths however, Garbine has tasted Grand Slam success for the first time and she undoubtedly has the game to win many more, Djokovic has already won twelve majors and is in the prime of his career, however Novak will turn 30 next year and he has several more »

 

Rafa And Rain The Main Talking Points At RG 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen many different things, some great tennis, some unexpected tournament performances from several players, particularly among the women, but the main talking point at Roland Garros this year has been the retirement of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and the persistent rain which has left the tournament receiving criticism from plenty of fans and players alike.

The third round withdrawal of Nadal (wrist) was a huge surprise for everyone and certainly hurt a tournament already reeling from not having Roger Federer involved, but once the shock of Rafa’s decision to withdraw had subsided, the rain soon become the main talking point, the persistent wet weather has thrown the championships into mini chaos with some matches resuming while light rain was falling, two of the more fancied women, Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 seed) and Simona Halep (No.6 seed) were both ahead and seemingly in control in their respective matches against Tsvetana Pironkova and Sam Stosur before the rain intervened, however both players were then ousted on the resumption of play in damp and heavy conditions.

Radwanska and Halep both voiced their concerns and disappointment about the situation but the show must go on at RG and there is no coming back from eventual defeat on the court regardless of how much complaining they do, that leads most people to the question of a roof and how long the fans and French public have to wait until the French Open erects a roof over centre cou more »

 

Can Novak Be Stopped In Paris?

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

The 2016 version of Roland Garros is now underway and the burning question that seems to be on the lips of most tennis fans is, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic from adding the French Open crown to his growing list of achievements, that question will be definitely be answered throughout the next fortnight of course but with the first day of the tournament now behind us, I thought it appropriate to look at the contenders who will try and prevent Djokovic from Grand Slam glory once again.

In the men’s singles championship, it appears that Nole will have five main threats to worry about in 2016, his recent Rome conqueror Andy Murray, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, nine-time RG champ and King of Clay Rafael Nadal, consistent world No.5 Kei Nishikori and the popular Frenchman and 2015 semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic will not have to contend with world No.3 Roger Federer who withdrew through injury.

Novak won’t have to face any of these five players until at least the semi-finals (Nadal or Tsonga), therefore the undisputed world No.1 must start a warm favourite to win his first title at Roland Garros in 2016 and claim his career Grand Slam in the process, if he is to square off against any of the remaining three threats (Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori), it will obviously be against only one of them in the French Open final, a GS victory therefore at RG this year would require Nole to produce two strong back to back performances against the best of the res more »

 

Stan & Serena Crowned Champions In Paris

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the end of a fantastic two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, Wawrinka’s win over the world No.1 and pre-tourney favourite Novak Djokovic was somewhat unexpected, however there were clear signs throughout the fortnight that Stan the man was playing at a similar level to when he won the 2014 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal, Williams on the other hand struggled to get her ‘A’ game going throughout the event and a virus also kept the world No.1 from performing in peak condition from about the third round onwards, both players claimed the respective silverware for winning their respective events in Paris, but each player achieved success in completely different ways.

Wawrinka lost in the first round of the French Open last year and most would have scoffed at the thought of Stan adding another Grand Slam title leading into the tournament at RG in 2015, although Stan clearly enjoys playing on the red dirt, his lead up performances before the French Open left a lot to be desired, however this proved to be a positive thing for Stan as he came into the tournament completely under the radar with many tipping him to be bundled out before the quarter-finals, he started well in round one and never looked back, Wawrinka stated himself that he felt things all coming together when he arrived in Paris and started practicing on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros, nobo more »

 
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